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A novel estimate of ocean oxygen utilisation points to a reduced rate of respiration in the ocean interior


Duteil, O and Koeve, W and Oschlies, A and Bianchi, D and Galbraith, E and Kriest, I and Matear, R, A novel estimate of ocean oxygen utilisation points to a reduced rate of respiration in the ocean interior, Biogeosciences, 10, (11) pp. 7723-7738. ISSN 1726-4170 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5194/bg-10-7723-2013


The Apparent Oxygen Utilisation (AOU) is a classical measure of the amount of oxygen respired in the ocean's interior. We show that AOU systematically overestimates True Oxygen Utilisation (TOU) in 6 coupled circulation- biogeochemical ocean models. This is due to atmosphere-ocean oxygen disequilibria in the subduction regions, consistent with previous work. We develop a simple, new, observationally-based approach which we call Evaluated Oxygen Utilisation (EOU). In this approach, we take into account the impact of the upper ocean oxygen disequilibria into the interior, considering that transport takes place predominantly along isopycnal surfaces. The EOU approximates the TOU with less than half of the bias of AOU in all 6 models despite large differences in the physical and biological components of the models. Applying the EOU approach to a global observational dataset yields an oxygen consumption rate 25% lower than that derived from AOU-based estimates, for a given ventilation rate.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:air-sea interaction, biogeochemical cycle, data set, oxygen, respiration, ventilation
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Chemical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
UTAS Author:Matear, R (Dr Richard Matear)
ID Code:119099
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:35
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2017-07-26
Last Modified:2017-10-16
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